Old Village and Back to Dublin

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
We made and early start on our way back to Dublin (traveling small and sometimes quite rustic roads), as we wanted to stop at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park near Limerick.  
This attraction was well worth seeing . The Castle of Bunratty is a complete Norman stronghold furnished just as it would have been over 800 years ago when it was constructed. Perhaps even more interesting is the village surrounding the castle. Preserved and operating as it would have been in the 19th century, this living museum takes you on a trip through time. From church to pub, manor house to schoolhouse, all is complete, right down to the peat fire burning in the hearth. This is not to be missed.
We drove back to Dublin, this time using the motorway to save time. We arrived about 3:30, checked into our hotel, The Gresham, and headed out to enjoy the late afternoon. We went for an obligatory pint in Temple Bar, the famous (or infamous) party area just south of the river. Later we had a fantastic supper at Cafe en Siene a brasserie/pub mash up that has a one of a kind decor. It is a rococo/art nouveaux/art deco mix reminiscent of the sets in "Moulin Rouge" the service was great and the food excellent.
We went back to our hotel for a nightcap in the Writer's Bar before saying goodnight.
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Ann Boo

That cafe is great! So theatrical and colourful!